Dubai Airports Corporation, that the momentum of tourism and travel and the increase in bookings contributed to the expected increase in the number of passengers through Dubai International Airport during the current year, noting that summer bookings herald a strong and extraordinary season from the beginning i pandemia “Covid-19”.
She added that the number of airlines operating at the airport exceeded pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by more than 12%, reaching 73 airlines.
She stated that strong air traffic indicators through Dubai International during the first quarter pushed the Corporation to increase its expectations for the number of passengers from about 52 million passengers to 58.3 million passengers by the end of 2022.
In detail, Dubai Airports Executive Vice President Jamal Al-Hay revealed that the number of airlines operating at Dubai International Airport exceeded pre-pandemic levels in 2019 by more than 12%, reaching 73 operating air carriers flights to 193 destinations around. the world, compared to 65 carriers operating from the airport before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Expectations of travelers
In statements on the outskirts of the Airport Show 2022, which ended yesterday, Al Hai added that strong indicators of air traffic through Dubai International Airport during the first quarter of this year, which reached 13.6 million passengers, including about 5.5 million passengers in March alone, pushed The Corporation has raised its expectations for the number of passengers at the end of this year from about 52 million to 58.3 million.
He stressed that the momentum of tourism and travel and the increase in bookings, especially in national companies, contributed to the expected increase in the number of passengers this year, noting that summer bookings herald a strong and extraordinary season since the start of the pandemic. .
He noted that strong movement indicators will contribute to Dubai International Airport maintaining its global leadership in the number of international passengers in 2022.
Al Hai referred to the qualitative and proactive measures and steps taken by Dubai and contributed to accelerating the pace of recovery during the pandemic period, noting that Dubai International Airport is currently operating at 100% operational capacity.
He said that if these indicators continue in air transport, which has continued to reach strong growth rates, it is expected that travel through “Dubai International” will reach levels before the pandemic “Covid-19”, during 2023 and 2024.
Al Hai found that the most prominent international travel markets at Dubai International Airport are the Indian market, the Arab Gulf markets, Britain, Germany, America and others, noting that international travel continues to recover with ease of procedures and protocols. travel across many international markets.
movement of goods
Al-Hay stated that in addition to the significant increase in air traffic, there is a huge demand for air transport, especially with rising shipping prices and pandemic-induced disruptions to global shipping chains, so it has become an upward trend by companies towards air transport, despite relatively high prices compared to shipping.
He stressed that Dubai Airports offers a range of services covering the entire freight sector, including medicines, food, valuables and fresh produce.
Al Hai confirmed that there is a significant and tremendous increase in private aviation and business traffic in Dubai, explaining that it has marked an increase of about 350% in recent months compared to 2020 levels.
He explained that this significant increase has been achieved in light of a large number of events and conferences, in addition to the recovery of tourism and business.
He added that private air traffic is still recording strong levels of high demand from various markets, noting that Dubai is a prominent global destination for tourism and business.
Al Hai pointed out that Dubai Airports is one of the first international airports to realize the importance of early investment in digital technology and the solutions it offers, to keep pace with the growing number of passengers, in addition to facilitating travel and improve the passenger experience.
Emirates Airlines and flydubai
Dubai Airports Executive Vice President Jamal Al Hai said Emirates Airlines and flydubai account for the bulk of travel traffic through Dubai International Airport, with the two companies continuing to resume flights to more stations around the world and perform flights to new destinations. , explaining that the two companies together regained about 80% of their operating capacity in terms of seat capacity on flights, compared to pre-pandemic levels, which contributed to accelerating the pace of recovery at the airport.
Northern runway development
Dubai Airports Executive Vice President Jamal Al Hai said the maintenance project for the runway at Dubai International Airport is proceeding according to schedule, as all measures have been taken to ensure smooth travel and ensure levels higher. of passenger service.
He added that the 45-day northern runway maintenance process is part of Dubai Airports’s efforts, and its ongoing commitment to enhancing the safety and security of passengers and providing an exceptional travel experience, in line with its efforts. for her. Capacity building at Dubai International Airport, noting that some flights have been diverted. Flights to Al Maktoum International Airport during this period.
He said there are many incentives for airlines that have transferred their flights to Al Maktoum Airport, stressing that some air carriers prefer to operate from Al Maktoum International Airport even after the completion of maintenance operations on the runway.
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